Self Defense Classes

High School Self Defense Classes

High School Self Defense Classes

SAFE International™ believes that Personal Safety Education is a life skill that all high school students should receive.  We believe this instruction helps to develop and ensure that these students transition into our communities and workplaces as more confident and responsible individuals. If you think your students can benefit from this type of education, you have come to the right place! SAFE International™ has taught more than 200,000 students since 1994! 

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Weapon Self Defense Courses & Self Defense For Men

Weapon Self Defense Courses & Self Defense For Men

SAFE International™ teaches weapons defense to both women and men. We also have a specific men’s self defense program that addresses real-life violence. We provide a no-nonsense approach to personal safety. Our goal is to teach our students to Recognize, React, and Respond effectively to any confrontation in the quickest possible time.

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Women's Self Defense Classes

Women's Self Defense Classes

We at SAFE International™ realize that women have very different concerns, fears, and needs than males in regards to personal safety. They experience many different issues on an everyday basis, from stares and comments to physical gestures and advances, so teaching a generic self defense course would not be optimal. We listened to these concerns and tailored a course that is not only educational, but also practical and memorable. 

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Private Self Defense Classes

Private Self Defense Classes

Chris Roberts and his team have taught more than 195,000 women, men, and teens since 1994 in private, corporate and school settings. We are a MOBILE self defense business. SAFE International™ will teach you, your family, friends, or c0-workers at your location throughout North America. This mobility makes it easy for you to offer any of our different programs!

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Corporate Self Defense Classes

Corporate Self Defense Classes

Workplace violence is the number one security issue facing major U.S. and Canadian corporations. Workplace violence costs U.S. employers an estimated $36 billion annually. SAFE International™ provides Self Defense Personal Safety instruction and seminars throughout both Canada and the United States.

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Family Self Defense Classes

Family Self Defense Classes

Keeping a family SAFE is every parent’s priority.  What better way to give you and your family Peace of Mind than to book a dynamic SAFE International™ Family Self Defense Course!  These courses provide a wonderful experience which educates the family on safety; in and outside of the home.  SAFE International™ has been making communities SAFER since 1994!  What Will You Learn...?

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Seniors' Self Defense Classes

Seniors' Self Defense Classes

When one thinks of self defense, they don’t typically think of seniors or older adults learning how to defend themselves. Well, SAFE InternationalTM has developed a course for this segment of our population. Seniors may arguably be the most vulnerable group.

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Online Self Defense Classes

Online Self Defense Classes

Can’t Make it to a Live SAFE International™ Self Defense Seminar?  Well, we are just a click away… Nothing can quite compare to a hands-on approach when it comes to personal protection. At SAFE International™ we understand that everyday life is busy and finding some extra time to commit to isn’t easy.

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Rich' N Roberts Self Defense

Rich' N Roberts Self Defense

If you had asked me back in 1994 when I first formed SAFE International™ what my vision would be for it 20 plus years later, I never could have imagined how much different, but definitely improved our program would be.  Over the years I learned that some of the greatest lessons you can teach yourself are to always have an open mind, a willingness to learn from others, and have a knack for knowing when to make a change even when things are working out fine.  My goal first and foremost has always been to provide material that gives our clients the best chance of survival. 

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Indigenous Peoples Self Defense Classes

Indigenous Peoples Self Defense Classes

SAFE FirstNations Logo WhiteSAFE International™ intends to change the statistics you are about to read below.  We want to ensure that all Aboriginal people are free from harm and get home to their families daily, safe and sound. We have implemented a self defense course to help make this possible. SAFE International™ has worked with Timiskaming First Nations and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg communities so that the youth, women and seniors in their communities know how to better protect themselves and we can help you too! Our SAFE International™ philosophy of self-protection is unlike any other which is evident from the fact that we have taught more than 200,000 people since 1994!

 

But First, Were You Aware That…

In Canada, Aboriginals account for almost one quarter of the victims despite comprising just five per cent of the population.

Rates of almost all types of violent victimization were higher for Aboriginal people than for non-Aboriginal people. Specifically, the sexual assault rate of Aboriginal people was almost three times that of non-Aboriginal people, while the physical assault rate of Aboriginal people was nearly double that of non-Aboriginal people.

In 2014, Aboriginal people were more likely than non-Aboriginal people to have been a victim of spousal violence in the past five years.

Half of Aboriginal victims of spousal violence reported experiencing among the more severe forms of spousal violence, such as having been sexually assaulted, beaten, choked or threatened with a gun or knife. This compares with just under one-quarter of non-Aboriginal victims of spousal violence.

www.statcan.gc.ca

Benefits of the SAFE International™ Self Defense Course Include...kitiganzibi

  • Participants will gain an understanding on how to avoid and prevent violence
  • How to communicate effectively to avoid and/or de-escalate conflict
  • Acquire knowledge of basic, practical self defense skills in a brief time period
  • Increase in confidence to deal with bullying, harassment or violence
  • Plus Much More

 

Why Choose SAFE International™ for Your Personal Protection Needs? 

The benefits are too many to name all of them, but the primary and most important reason is we teach self defense from A to Z.  There is a gross misconception that self defense begins and ends with learning a few physical techniques, but nothing could be further from the truth.  A credible self defense program recognizes and identifies every aspect of potential violence, from its social and antisocial point of view.  This begins with avoidance through prevention via both awareness and a solid understanding of how to avoid making one's self a target.  If awareness fails, then it is imperative to possess the necessary skills to verbally deescalate the confrontation.  If defusing fails and the threat persists or escalates, then every aspecxt of physical self defense is tackled from the ambush to the most common attacks and their defenses. 

This is not a martial arts class, MMA or fighting course.  Self defense is not a "system" or "style" of fighting; it is a legal term that states (in North America) you have the moral, legal and ethical right to terminate a threat within the parameters of the law.  First and foremost, self defense is about going home safely, it isn't about winning or losing, trophies, who started it, justice, revenge, teaching someone a lesson, NO, it's about avoiding confrontation and going home safely. 

DarrenDarren Marshall, SAFE International™, Director of Northern Ontario

Growing up in Northern Ontario I was exposed to an unhealthy amount of violence fueled by various social issues which are sadly so common in remote communities.

This led me to a lifetime of study and career work in the conflict management and security professional services.  You could say I was born to do this bringing real life experience to the Private Security Industry, training in and implementing conflict resolution, physical protection security, and situational and environmental awareness education.  With over 35 years of martial arts training with 22 years of them in the Security Industry and over 25 years experience teaching martial arts to students from across Canada, I was seeing how sharing my knowledge and experiences was changing lives, but I wanted to take it even further. 

In the Fall of 2017 I joined forces with SAFE International™ who bring with them an International recognition as one of the world leaders in Pure & Applied Self Defense having taught more than 200,000 people since 1994.  We both shared a similar passion and vision for wanting to teach those deemed most vulnerable in society.  I can think of no better organization to be aligned with to get this message out to the public. 

Testimonials

I took the facilitator training with SAFE International for many different reasons.  Personally, it has given me a lot of very essential prevention education and the simulated training was very eye opening in the way that any previous training I had taken proved to not work!!! Ha ha, I didn't need to try to recall the fancy ineffective techniques.  The way that SAFE International trains you is "natural" it is easily recalled in situations where your personal safety is on the line.  Professionally this training keeps me aware when going out on home visits in client's homes and now our team can spread the awareness and training to the community members to keep even more people safe. 

Thank you SAFE International!

Bobbie Jo Gregorcic, Clinical Supervisor for First Line Services/Mental Wellness Programs

"SAFE International provided us with both effective and highly memorable personal protection instruction through their unique ability to reach people in a way that enables them to retain and utilize the skills if necessary.  What distinguishes SAFE International from all other programs is how they present; with real-life simulated scenarios, with hands-on techniques and humour.  While the subject is a very serious one, Chris understands that learning in a safe, fun and enthusiastic environment is the best way to retain what is being presented."

Dan Lavigne, Social Programs Supervisor

"SAFE International is my first ever self defense training.  From what I've heard from my co-workers, it is the best self defense training they've received.  I enjoyed the fact that the verbal part was the component that was stressed upon most.  I absolutely loved howt he course was taught, and Chris has my full attention at all times.  I would definitely recommend this specific defense training to all of my family members!"

Candace Polson, Social Activities Coordinator

"Self defense training with SAFE International was an awesome and pleasant experience.  I really appreciate that the program they teach includes awareness and techniques to diffuse a potential attack,  but if I were unsuccessful at diffusing the situation I'm confident that the self defense techniques I learned are effective, easy to remember, easy to execute and could potentially save my life.  Thank You!"

Jennifer Bourdon, FLS Social Worker

 

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Self Defense Classes - FAQs

Self Defense Classes - FAQs

Questions are important to us. They are the sparks that begin the process of the transference of information, knowledge and skills. If you would like to speak with us personally at anytime, please do not hesitate to contact us toll free @ 1-800-465-5972.

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Bullying

Bullying is a form of targeted antisocial behaviour that can cause serious and long-lasting harm to a victim while creating positive social, psychological and material rewards for a bully.

bully1While a lot of energy and focus has gone into raising awareness about the issue of bullying in recent years, more work needs to be done at the individual level to address the root causes and affect behavioural change. This work is best carried out one-on-one or in small groups where individual and social dynamics can be addressed specifically and tailored solutions can be developed. The roots of bullying are varied. If individual causes are left unaddressed in children and youth, those who are bullied are likely to re-experience victimization even after a school change or a move and as they enter the workforce. As well, those who bully are likely to carry the behaviour into adulthood where the methods through which this happens become more sophisticated and difficult to detect and remedy.

SAFE International’s Bullying Curriculum takes this into account and is designed to address the underlying influences of bullying both individually and within social dynamics, where environments of reward for bullies and isolation for victims are often co-created by others unintentionally. While the course is framed within the context of self-defense and personal protection, physical skills are a small portion of the self-defense paradigm as a solution for violence. Safe International’s bullying curriculum tackles a wide range of factors:

  • how to identify bullyingbully
  • addressing behavioural, psychological and emotional links to bullying and victimization
  • training violence prevention and de-escalation of aggressive behaviour
  • myth-busting ineffective strategies for dealing with antisocial violence and behaviours including bullying
  • building effective interpersonal skills
  • legal, moral and ethical approaches to self-protection
  • addressing the social context of bullying
  • supporting support systems with credible information and skills
  • tailoring our approach when possible to specific bullying cases within the learning environment

Each year, SAFE International™ reaches more than 10,000 high school students with evidence-backed information and effective skills for preventing violence, protecting themselves and others, and using a legal, moral and ethical approach to safety. The bullying curriculum can be integrated into in-class high school self-defense instruction, or delivered in depth as a standalone program.

The program is also designed to address bullying throughout various stages of life in a variety of environments including at work, at home and online. A tailored program can be developed from our core curriculum to address individual cases and we encourage this approach when possible.

Supporting Victims

bully2The effects of bullying on victims are varied and include mental health consequences like depression, suicide, drug and alcohol use and dependency, loss of purpose in life, social withdrawal, negative impacts on school or work performance, and isolation from relationships or groups that otherwise support wellbeing and positive development.  It is a myth that being bullied will toughen someone up over time.

SAFE International’s approach to supporting victims includes:

  • building confidence and resiliency
  • teaching new skills and strategies to deal with bullies effectively from a legal, ethical and moral perspective
  • supporting support systems with credible information and effective skills

Supporting Learning and Positive Growth in Bullies

Research about why bullies do what they do suggests a variety of causes ranging from abuse at home; mental health issues; aggressive predispositions; learned behaviours; or simply aggressive approaches to self-reward either via gained self-esteem, peer esteem, and/or material gain.

Regardless of cause, SAFE International™ believes that effectively addressing bullying behaviour requires an empathetic approach:

  • not singling out bullies in a group setting
  • demystifying the difference between social and antisocial violence and behaviour
  • including a bully in a positive group dynamic that enables self-reflection on aggressive and violent behaviours, the roots of these behaviours, and pathways for positive change

Creating Safe Environments

There are many actors, factors and environments that contribute to bullying in cause and also in remedy. School and workplace policies, peer actions or inactions, anti-violence paradigms of thought or belief, and socially co-created systems of isolation and reward all affect the dynamics of bullying.

Our approach includes sharing credible information that empowers and enables people to co-create Safe environments.

Bullying — Today’s Reality

Bullying is typically defined as physical intimidation or fighting, starting and/or spreading rumours, shaming publicly, insults through name calling, teasing, and other aggressive behaviour.  Despite an increase of public attention on the issue of bullying in recent years, it remains a significant and rampant health and safety issue around the world and is proliferated with the usage of social media and connected technologies.

  • In Canada, one in three adolescent students report having been bullied recently. [1]
  • More than 50% of children who have been bullied online do not tell their parents about it.[2]
  • 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying.[3]
  • In 2011, one million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook.[4]
  • Forty percent of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis.[5]
  • 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life.7

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[1] Molcho M., Craig W., Due P., Pickett W., Harel-fisch Y., Overpeck, M., and HBSC Bullying Writing Group. Cross-national time trends in bullying behaviour 1994-2006: findings from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health. 2009, 54 (S2): 225-234

[2] NoBullying.com. "Bullying Statistics, The Ultimate Guide!." HeadsUp. Accessed March 4, 2015.)

[3] Bully Free Alberta – Homophobic Bullying

[4] (ConsumerReports.org. "That Facebook friend might be 10 years old, and other troubling news." Accessed March 4, 2015. .)

[5] Lee R.T., and Brotheridge C.M. “When prey turns predatory: Workplace bullying as predictor of counteragression / bullying, coping, and well-being”. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 2006, 00 (0): 1-26

[1] Molcho M., Craig W., Due P., Pickett W., Harel-fisch Y., Overpeck, M., and HBSC Bullying Writing Group. Cross-national time trends in bullying behaviour 1994-2006: findings from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health. 2009, 54 (S2): 225-234

[2] NoBullying.com. "Bullying Statistics, The Ultimate Guide!." HeadsUp. Accessed March 4, 2015.)

[3] Bully Free Alberta – Homophobic Bullying

[4] (ConsumerReports.org. "That Facebook friend might be 10 years old, and other troubling news." Accessed March 4, 2015. .)

[5] Lee R.T., and Brotheridge C.M. “When prey turns predatory: Workplace bullying as predictor of counteragression / bullying, coping, and well-being”. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 2006, 00 (0): 1-26

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